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Raila among thousands of mourners at Tsvangirai burial (Photos)

By Standard Reporter and AFP | Published Wed, February 21st 2018 at 12:19, Updated February 21st 2018 at 15:13 GMT +3
The casket of late opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is carried into Mabelreign Methodist Church in Harare for a memorial service on February 18, 2018. [AFP]

 National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga was among the thousands that gathered in Zimbabwe on Tuesday to bury opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, an icon in country’s opposition politics and who lived to see the fall of his political nemesis Robert Mugabe.

Raila Odinga speaks to acting president of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, Nelson Chamisa during the burial of Morgan Tsvangirai. [AFP]

Tsvangirai died last Wednesday aged 65 at a South Africa hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

Movement for Democratic Change interim President, Nelson Chamisa addresses party supporters at the burial of former leader Morgan Tsvangirai in Buhera, Zimbabwe[AFP]

His body was flown to the burial ceremony aboard a military helicopter, accompanied by his mother, Mbuya Tsvangirai.

Mourners, braving the rain, gathered for the burial at Tsvangirai's Buhera rural home, 220 kilometres (135 miles) south of Harare. [AFP]

In his eulogy Raila Odinga condemned political oppression in Africa. Like Tsvangirai, his electoral ambitions have been thwarted in controversial polls.

Tsvngiri's final journey: After being repeatedly beaten and locked up by the Mugabe regime, Tsvangirai became a symbol of resistance to the ruling ZANU-PF. [AFP]

Raila insisted he was the rightful winner of general elections in Kenya in August which extended President Uhuru Kenyatta's rule.

"We need to have clear and proper transparent elections in Africa. Rigged elections will not help Africa," Odinga told mourners.

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